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===by William Style===
 
===by William Style===
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<blockquote> William Style, law reporter and legal writer, was the first son of William Style of Beckenham (d. 1615), who was the grandson of Sir Humphrey Style, esquire of the body to Henry VIII, and his second wife, Mary, daughter of Sir Robert Clarke, baron of the exchequer. He matriculated at Oxford in 1618, resided briefly in Brasenose College, was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1619, and was called to the bar in 1628. Although he was still living in chambers in Paper Buildings in the 1650s, he played little part in the formal life of the society and never became a bencher. This is rather surprising, given his interest in legal learning and the dedication of his Modern Reports ‘more particularly and affetionately’ to the members of his inn, where he had lived ‘for so many years together … amidst so many learned men’. He does not seem to have been a prominent practitioner, and referred in the same place to his constant attendance for many years at the bar, ‘with very litle profit either to others or my self’ (Style, Modern Reports, dedication); indeed, he said he had earned little more than a ‘little quelque chose … pur fair bouillir la marmite’ (Style, Practical Register, preface)... Style's other original publication was Narrationes modernae, or, Modern Reports (1658), a collection of law reports in the king's bench and upper bench from 1648 to 1655, translated (with evident distaste) from law French into English, as required by legislation of 1650 (which Style castigated). The reports are unusual in that they were prepared for the press by the author, and they remain the principal source of case law from the time of Chief Justice Rolle, whom Style greatly admired, and his successor Glynne. Style lamented in his preface that ‘the Press hath been very fertile in this our Age, and hath brought forth many, if not too many births of this nature. … This I am sure of, there is not a father alive to own many of them’. His own reports, however, were ‘a lawfull Issue’, and he claimed to have been as careful in penning his collection ‘as was possible at a throngued Bar to do’. Conscious, it seems, of his failure at the bar, he hoped they would prove he had not neglected his calling or ‘lived altogether a drone’. Style also published in 1640 an English translation, entitled Contemplations, Signs and Groans of a Christian, of a work by John Michael Dilherr. <ref> J. H. Baker, ‘Style, William (c.1599–1679)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/26755, accessed 30 May 2013] </ref> </blockquote>
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}}[[File:StyleNarrationesModernae1658InitialCapital.jpg|left|thumb|200px|<center>Initial capital, first page of text.</center>]][[wikipedia:William Style|William Style]] (c.1599 &ndash; 1679) was admitted to the [[wikipedia:Inner Temple|Inner Temple]] in 1619 and was called to the bar in 1628. He does not appear to have been overly successful practitioner of law and is predominantly remembered for his legal publications.<ref>J. H. Baker, "[http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/26755 Style, William (c.1599–1679)]' in ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', accessed May 30, 2013.</ref> Style's ''Reports'', translated by the author from [[wikipedia:Law French|law French]] into English,<ref>Ibid</ref> are "singularly valuable"<ref>Richard Whalley Bridgman, ''A Short View of Legal Bibliography: Containing Some Critical Observations on the Authority of the Reporters and Other Law Writers'' (London: Printed for W. Reed, 1807), 336.</ref> as they remain the principal record of decisions by Chief Justices [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Rolle Sir Henry Rolle] and [[wikipedia:John Glynne (judge)|John Glynn]] from the Upper Bench during the time of the Commonwealth.<ref>John William Wallace, ''The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks'', 4th ed. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 288. See also J. H. Baker, "Style, William."</ref> They are also unusual to the time period in that they were prepared for publication by the author himself.<ref>Ibid.</ref>
  
==Bibliographic Information==
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==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
'''Author:''' William Style, (c.1599-1679)
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Both [[Dean Bibliography|Dean's Memo]]<ref>[[Dean Bibliography|Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean]], Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 14 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).</ref> and the [https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433 Brown Bibliography]<ref>Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433.</ref> suggest Wythe owned the first edition (1658) of this title based on notes in John Marshall's commonplace book.<ref>Herbert A. Johnson, Charles T. Cullen, and Nancy G. Harris, eds., ''The Papers of John Marshall'' (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, in association with the Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1974), 1:44.</ref> The Wolf Law Library moved a copy of the first edition (1658) from another rare book collection to the [[George Wythe Collection]].
  
'''Title:''' Narrationes Modernae, or, Modern Reports Begun in the Now Upper Bench Court at Westminster: in the Beginning of Hillary Term 21 Caroli and Continued to the End of Michaelmas Term 1655
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==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
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Recently rebound in period style. Spine features four bands with gilt rules and green label. Includes signatures of "Leeson" on the front flyleaf and "Nicholas Burnell esqr. 1690" on the title page verso. Purchased through the generosity of Daniel W. Baran and Lena Stratton Baran, Class of 1936.
  
'''Publication Info:''' London: Printed by F. L. for W. Lee, D. Pakeman, G. Bedel, and C. Adams, 1658.  
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Images of the library's copy of this book are [https://www.flickr.com/photos/wolflawlibrary/sets/72157656017535254 available on Flickr.] View the record for this book in [http://wm-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/01COWM_WM:EVERYTHING:01COWM_WM_ALMA21585874350003196 William & Mary's online catalog.]
  
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[[File:StyleNarrationesModernae1658Inscription.jpg |left|thumb|350px|<center>Inscription, title page verso.</center>]]
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===Full text===
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*[http://lawlibrary.wm.edu/wythepedia/library/StyleNarrationesModernae1658.pdf ''Narrationes Modernae''] (40MB PDF)
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==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
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*[[George Wythe Room]]
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*''[[Style's Practical Register]]''
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*[[Wythe's Library]]
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==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
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==References==
Rebound ca. 1980. Contains autographs of "Leeson" and "Nicholas Burnell esqr. 1690."
 
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Latest revision as of 14:01, 18 July 2018

by William Style

Narrationes Modernae
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Title page from Narrationes Modernae, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author William Style
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Published London: Printed by F. L. for W. Lee, D. Pakeman, G. Bedel, and C. Adams
Date 1658
Edition First
Language English
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Pages [20], 483, [33]
Desc. Folio (29 cm.)
Location Shelf E-4
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Initial capital, first page of text.
William Style (c.1599 – 1679) was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1619 and was called to the bar in 1628. He does not appear to have been overly successful practitioner of law and is predominantly remembered for his legal publications.[1] Style's Reports, translated by the author from law French into English,[2] are "singularly valuable"[3] as they remain the principal record of decisions by Chief Justices Sir Henry Rolle and John Glynn from the Upper Bench during the time of the Commonwealth.[4] They are also unusual to the time period in that they were prepared for publication by the author himself.[5]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Both Dean's Memo[6] and the Brown Bibliography[7] suggest Wythe owned the first edition (1658) of this title based on notes in John Marshall's commonplace book.[8] The Wolf Law Library moved a copy of the first edition (1658) from another rare book collection to the George Wythe Collection.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Recently rebound in period style. Spine features four bands with gilt rules and green label. Includes signatures of "Leeson" on the front flyleaf and "Nicholas Burnell esqr. 1690" on the title page verso. Purchased through the generosity of Daniel W. Baran and Lena Stratton Baran, Class of 1936.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

Inscription, title page verso.

Full text

See also

References

  1. J. H. Baker, "Style, William (c.1599–1679)' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed May 30, 2013.
  2. Ibid
  3. Richard Whalley Bridgman, A Short View of Legal Bibliography: Containing Some Critical Observations on the Authority of the Reporters and Other Law Writers (London: Printed for W. Reed, 1807), 336.
  4. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 288. See also J. H. Baker, "Style, William."
  5. Ibid.
  6. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 14 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).
  7. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433.
  8. Herbert A. Johnson, Charles T. Cullen, and Nancy G. Harris, eds., The Papers of John Marshall (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, in association with the Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1974), 1:44.